Sime gives care home an energy boost

A Scarborough nursing home is benefitting from an energy boost after a new heating system was installed.

Rambla Nursing Home – part of the Complete Care Homes Group – was struggling to manage escalating bills while its 30 residents complained that it was either too hot or too cold.

Maintenance manager Ken Harrison contacted Sime looking for a complete overhaul following an examination of the existing technology.

The home had previously been managing with storage heaters alone making the building expensive to heat and creating an inconsistency in temperature.

Installer Tony Buglass suggested a Murelle Equipe HE 70kW which was installed between June 2018 and September 2018.

The three-month fitting process allowed residents to remain in-situ throughout and there was minimum disruption to their daily routines.

The job included removing the old system and installing a gas heating and hot water solution from scratch.

This involved new pipework and fittings, 50 new radiators with energy efficient thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), the new Murelle Equipe HE 70 kW boiler and fitting four heating controls.

Tony’s design allowed temperature variations throughout the building by dividing the home into four heating zones – with controls in each zone to boost or reduce heating as and when required.

The result has been considerable savings on heating bills. In fact, as a result of the new energy-efficient gas heating and hot water system, the costs of running the facility have halved.

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